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UPDATED 4:30 AM, January 31, 2014

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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The end of the work week will bring action-packed weather to the central U.S. Elsewhere, sunny skies will manage to peek into the Southeast and Northern Plains.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Cool air accompanied by a blast of mountain snow will blanket the Rockies and the Intermountain West. A front parked over the spine of the Rockies will bring pockets of mountain snow that will stretch across much of the mountain chain. Bouts of rain will be possible in the lower elevations of the Southern Rockies as well. Slightly to the west, batches of snow will provide the Intermountain West and even the Sierras with a sample of winter weather. To the north, showers will span the Pacific Northwest coast while the Cascades see a few mountain snow showers. Temperatures across the Western U.S. will range from the 20s and 30s in the Northern and Central Rockies to the 30s and 40s in the Southern Rockies, Intermountain West, Sierras and Pacific Northwest.

Winter weather will also tinge the terrain stretching from the Central Plains to the Lower Great Lakes. Locations like Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Cleveland and Erie, Pa. will be in the path of the system that will produce a few snow showers. As temperatures rise, several locations in the Mid and Lower Mississippi Valley will see an icy mix that will taper off into rain. Highs in the Central Plains, Mid-Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes will be in the 20s while the northern Lower Mississippi Valley, and Ohio and Tennessee valleys see highs in the 30s and 40s.

Sunny skies and frigid temperatures will plague the Upper Midwest with highs dipping down several degrees below zero. The neighboring Northern Plains will see temperatures rise into the single-digits and teens. Clouds will cover much of the Northeast as temperatures climb into the 30s.

A burst of warmer air will invade the majority of the Southern U.S. Highs in the 40s and 50s will be common in the Mid-Atlantic and the interior Southeast. Temperatures will quickly rise into the 60s and 70s along the Southeast coast, Florida and the southern reaches of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Highs in the 60s, 70s and even the lower 80s will be seen in the Southwest and Southern Plains.

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